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Innocence betrayed : paedophilia, the media and society
Silverman, Jon.
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Cambridge, UK : Polity ; Malden, MA : Distributed in the USA by Blackwell Pub., [2002]

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vi, 194 pages ; 23 cm
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HV6570.4.G7 S54 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Innocence Betrayed is the first sustained attempt to address the issue of how we can best protect children from the threat posed by predatory paedophiles. It asks all the difficult questions: Can paedophiles be treated? Do they change their behaviour? Does naming and shaming help protect our children or make matters worse?
Combining the skills of journalistic research and academic scholarship, this engaging and accessible book carefully untangles the News of the World's 'Sarah's Law' and presents, for the first time, the behind-the-scenes reaction to the newspaper. It contains an enlightening series of interviews with paedophiles, both in a penal setting and after release, in England, Wales and North America, as well as interviews with the victims of sexual abuse.

This important and timely book will be of interest to anyone who wishes to understand the complexity of the problem posed by paedophiles and how we can make our communities safer places for children.

Author Notes

David Wilson is Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central England in Birmingham.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
1 A Short History of Sex Offendingp. 7
2 Paedophilesp. 28
3 Beyond Victimhoodp. 48
4 Dealing with Paedophiles within the Penal Systemp. 65
5 Protecting the Communityp. 86
6 Releasep. 107
7 Communities in Need of "Community Notification"?p. 125
8 Named and Shamedp. 146
9 "Charlie's Angels" and How to Protect our Childrenp. 167
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 188